Christmas Release Friday
As we rapidly approach the end of 2020 we decided to get festive with MAM Roots for a special edition Christmas Release Friday. There have been so many incredible releases already this December and we couldn’t pick just one, so this Friday we are featuring a few of our favourites below.
Fingers crossed the new year will bring a return to something that feels like normal, and maybe even some real life gigs!! Until then we hope you have a wonderful and safe Christmas period.
“Soo.. 2020 has been very challenging year for us all, but there has been so much good music to keep our spirits high. I would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas & New Year. We will be back with ‘Country Release Friday’ in early 2021.” ~ Brandon (Founder) Modern Age Music Roots
If you are an artist who has new music coming out in 2021, we’d love to feature you as a Country Release Friday artist. Send a preview link of your upcoming release to firstname.lastname@example.org & Brandon at email@example.com in advance for consideration.
The Rising – ‘This Special Time of Year’ – Listen here
Northern Irish (Based In Leamington) Country Rock Duo The Rising return with their heartwarming new Christmas single ‘This Special Time Of Year’ and the accompanying Christmas EP.
About the song Chris explained, “‘This Special Time of Year’ was the result of several failed attempts to write a Christmas song. As soon as Chantelle and I first got together to write songs we knew that we wanted to write a Christmas song as we are both big Christmas nuts. So we wrote about 10 songs. None we were really happy with. Eventually we came across the time ‘This Special Time of Year’ and the concept of all the things we look forward to at Christmas and the visions of the ideal Christmas. From the Christmas story, the man in red, to the snow falling. We actually wrote the song by drawing up a shopping list of all these things and put them together within the story of the real reason for the season.
“The “Ho Ho Ho” hook came about by accident. It was done while demoing the song as kind of a bit of fun. As we worked on the song we realised that it worked and we didn’t want to change it. So it became one of the main hooks.
“From a production standpoint I am a huge fan of the Phil Spector Christmas album so I wanted to give a nod to the Phil Spector ‘Wall Of Sound’. So the song starts with the Spector style drum intro.
“All in all the song is really a look back at our youth, what we love about Christmas as well as our influences growing up and actually liking Christmas music. The song was recorded in our own studio and the drums were done in Nashville.”
About The Rising – @therisingofficial
The Rising are best described as blending the fresh-faced sounds of today’s Pop/Rock with Modern Country Pop Stylings fresh from Nashville. Proud to be DIY artists the band embrace and enjoy having full creative control over their music.
Having received support from the likes of BBC Introducing, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio London, Country Hits Radio, Guitarist Magazine, Maverick Magazine, Hot Press Magazine.
Constant touring across Ireland, UK and Europe has allowed the band to build up a healthy fanbase as well as perform at prestigious events such as Country 2 Country Festival in London’s 02.
They have recently released their second album ‘Moving On’ which received great critical acclaim across national and regional media. Including publications in the USA featuring the band. Most notably US Country Bible The Boot. This constant work ethic resulted in the band being named Band Of The Month on BBC Introducing.
One of the band’s singles ‘Even The Stars Fall For You’ was adopted by LGBTQ rights organisations.
The Duo host a live stream show every Monday night on their Facebook channel. Filmed in High definition with studio quality sound.
Gary Quinn & Sophie Hanson – ‘O Holy Night’ – Listen here
Sophie’s stunning vocal shine brightly, paired perfectly with Quinn’s engaging country tone in this international collaboration. Christmas will certainly come early to fans of both artists as they deliver their stylish rendition.
“This is the first time I’ve released a Christmas song and I’m really excited that I get to do so with Gary”, says Sophie. “After a little discussion, ‘O Holy Night’ was an obvious choice as we found we both share a great love for the song’.
Producer, Richard Alex, beautifully compliments the strong vocal performances with a wonderful variety of instruments, including electric guitar and cello, that still delivers traditional depth but with a modern country sound to the much-loved Christmas favourite.
“I’ve always loved ‘O Holy Night’, it reminds me of family and how special it is to be with one another at Christmas time”, reveals Gary. “I’m delighted Sophie agreed to sing this with me, and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it”.
About Gary Quinn – @GaryQuinnMusic
Gary Quinn is a 6-time British Country Music Association Awards winner who continues to gather critical acclaim, at home and abroad. Hailing from Omagh, Northern Ireland but now Manchester based, he has toured with Phil Vassar and William Michael Morgan, opened in the UK for the CMA Songwriters Series and shared the stage with acts such as Kristian Bush and Sarah Darling. He has also performed on several occasions at the renowned Bluebird Café in Nashville. Quinn is just as comfortable with a pen in his hand and has collaborated with Grand Ole Opry member and Grammy winner Steve Wariner as well as Brett James, Trent Tomlinson, Jenn Bostic and J.P Williams.
About Sophie Hanson – @sophiehansonofficial
Sophie Hanson is a Swedish Country-Pop artist with a Nordic melancholic twist. Born & raised in Eskilstuna she grew up listening to old time classics like Johnny Cash, Little Richard & Chuck Berry. With a powerful, yet emotional voice she combines the best of both worlds. In 2018 she had her big breakthrough with ‘So Long’. It reached great success with heavy rotation on Sweden national radio followed by radio plays in USA, Canada, UK, Australia & India. 2019 seen the release of her 4th single and first music video for ‘Die at 29’. Sophie’s latest single ‘Hit Rock Bottom’ was released in May of this year to great acclaim.
Joe Martin & Robbie Cavanagh – ‘Christmases Past’ – Listen here
Robbie Cavanagh and Joe Martin have teamed up to (finally) record and release ‘Christmases Past’ which they wrote a few years ago. The track explores the reality faced by some of spending Christmas alone and has become especially poignant within the context of 2020.
“We wanted to write a Christmas song, and wanted to put our own slant on it. We don’t usually write happy songs, so this one was no exception. The emotions around Christmas change dramatically on your circumstance, and we wanted to bring attention to the unheard/ unspoken side of what people feel if they’re unfortunate enough to spend Christmas alone. This song is dedicated to them…” explains Joe.
Robbie adds, “I’ve been a fan and a friend of Joe’s for some time and it was such an effortless pleasure to write this song with him a few years back, and now hearing it come to life with some amazing musicians is really cool.”
About Robbie Cavanagh – @robbiecavanaghmusic
A self confessed devotee of ‘real music’, Robbie Cavanagh is not defined by genres. The only rules are good musicians, real instruments, great microphones and performance with emotion. Capturing sound, not producing it. Robbie performs self penned, unscrubbed tales of heartbreak, loss, love and discovery, and when he puts pen to paper, he lives by his own words. ‘The more you wrestle with an idea, the more contrived it becomes’. Robbie writes with honesty, emotion, and most importantly; instinct. In November 2020, it was announced that Robbie would be the recipient of Bob Harris’s Emerging Artist Award at the Americana Music Association Awards 2021.
About Joe Martin – @joemartinmusic
Joe Martin writes with a quality of empathy beyond his years. His observational songwriting captures the experiences of people close to him and imagines the stories of those he meets in passing. The tales of friends and strangers blend seamlessly with Joe’s own ponderings on life for masterfully crafted songs that paint a picture with every verse.
Born and raised in Lancashire, UK, his sights were always set on a big future. He grew up listening to the greats and the influence of artists from Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt to Jason Isbell and Kacey Musgraves are evident in his sound and lyrical style. The magic of his live performance lies in his ability to connect a room of people with the emotions of a life they have not themselves lived. With a growing fanbase and more tricks up his sleeve, Joe Martin is just getting started.